Haiku are short poems about small moments, originating in Japan but now popular all over the globe. Haiku connect us more deeply to the natural world and help us celebrate the extraordinary in the ordinary. At this fun three-part workshop, you will learn about the history, form, and structure of haiku. We will read some winter haiku by Japanese masters and contemporary English-language poets and discuss what makes them effective. With the help of writing prompts and exercises, you will write your own haiku. We’ll also save time to share our poems in a supportive atmosphere. Haiku are so much more than counting syllables!
Brad Bennett’s haiku have appeared in over thirty magazines and journals. He has published two collections of haiku, a drop of pond (2016), and a turn in the river (2019). a drop of pond won a Touchstone Distinguished Book Award from the Haiku Foundation. He has taught haiku to children and adults for over twenty years.